by Webmaster, 20th January 2021
Owning your own holiday home could offer the ultimate escape amid the clamour for UK getaways
As we recover from the arduous past 365 days that make up 2020, hibernating in our now overly familiar boltholes that we've learned to repurpose into makeshift offices, entertainment venues and family hostels, many of our thoughts drift off to the idyllic faraway lands we once roamed freely, or at least had plans to explore.
Yet, as lockdowns begin to lift and travel restrictions ease, holidaying abroad will still come with significant limitations and risk, but UK staycations, on the other hand, will be here to stay.
Combining natural beauty with tranquil seclusion, Madryn Castle Holiday Home Park on the Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales, is a hidden gem providing the ultimate getaway for couples and families to escape suburbia and city life.
Whether enjoying short active weekend jaunts or long relaxing school holidays, Madryn Castle is a home away from home, nestled among enchanting woodland, on an idyllic hillside setting.
Park manager Samantha Gallimore is the third generation managing the family-run park, with her partner Charlie Everitt. The couple met at Newcastle University whilst reading their Master’s Degrees in International Marine Environment Consultancy. A three-year stint followed, living on a remote paradise island in the Maldives where the duo managed a marine laboratory and non-profit global foundation of a luxury boutique hotel chain.
Due to the pandemic, Samantha and Charlie were forced to repatriate to the UK last June, on an emergency flight chartered by the British Consulate to rescue expats. The tropical island dream was over, and their lives unintentionally guided towards a new fate.
Initially intended as a short cover-stint, to support Samantha’s family business which had faced its own unexpected challenges from the pandemic, the adventurous couple got to work, waiting for tourism to recover and foreign borders to re-open.
“With so much of the world still left unexplored our intention was never to remain in the UK,” says Samantha, “but as time passed we experienced the changing of seasons on the Llŷn Peninsula and fell for everything the area had to offer.
“We still aspire to travel and roam, but we’ve found plenty of adventure and thrill-seeking among the rugged coastline and mountainous trails of North Wales.”
Passionate about conservation of the natural environment and as sustainability professionals, they’ve begun researching and planning opportunities to help support local communities and the local economy, ensuring that Madryn Castle continues operating as a responsible business while at the same time addressing the growing needs of the planet.
Charlie and Samantha are keen to involve the community in the park wherever possible, and looking ahead have a range of initiatives in the pipeline to back local businesses and help the park's holiday homeowners support the area and its economy. They feel conscious of the park’s environmental and socio-economic footprint, and want each of their holiday homeowners to share this responsibility and feel a part of the local community and contribute towards it, rather than feel alienated as outsiders or tourists.
For example, rather than utilising big local supermarkets, they encourage owners to opt for local and small-scale producers and plan to make these suppliers more accessible to their holiday residents. They are also keen to get involved and support local environmental agencies and charities such as the National Trust, who in the past have helped coordinate family-friendly activities for holiday-home owners and their children.
Although spending much of her adult life outside Wales, Samantha was born in Dolgellau, not far from the park. She believes that responsible tourism should seek to embrace the fascinating Welsh heritage and culture that makes up part of her DNA.
Madryn Castle itself has a fascinating history dating back to nobility who once guarded over the Llŷn Peninsula from the Madryn manor estate. Only the original gatehouse now remains of the old estate, restored to its former glory by Samantha’s grandfather, John Pritchard in the early millennium.
Samantha and Charlie plan to reinstate Madryn Castle as something of a cultural hub, and as soon as restrictions begin to ease plan to invite local specialists to visit the park and give talks about Welsh culture, nature, geography, art and history, and consider how we can all work together towards a better and prosperous future.
“Madryn Castle has always sought to exist as more than just a holiday park, offering a certain quality of lifestyle to those committed to achieving a more holistic and sustainable work-life balance,” adds Samantha. “We want to offer owners here at the park, the perfect base from which to explore the natural wonders of the Llŷn Peninsula, and a safe place to escape the rush and stresses of modern-day life.”
For more information about Madryn Castle and how to own or rent accommodation at this beautiful and unique location, visit www.madryncastle.com or call 01758 720593. Please quote ‘BORDERLIFE’ for exclusive reader discounts, which includes free pitch fees and high-speed internet subscription for 2021 on all new holiday homes.